Our Company

Colombian based management team with significant in-country experience
Strong technical experience within Colombian basins
Strong capital markets expertise having led large public resource companies in the past


Ronald Pantin, Executive Chairman

Ronald Pantin was the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Pacific Exploration & Production from 2007 until 2016. He led the company during its intensive growth period. Prior to that Mr. Pantin worked in the Venezuelan oil industry for twenty-three years where he held several technical and senior managerial positions in Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), including Vice President of Corpoven, Vice President of PDVSA E&P, President of PDVSA Exploration, President of PDVSA Servicios, and Executive Vice President of PDVSA Oil & Gas. Mr. Pantin holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Management Science from Mississippi State University, and Master degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Serafino Iacono, Chief Executive Officer & Director

Serafino Iacono, NGX Chief Executive Officer and Director, has over three decades of experience in capital markets and public companies and has raised more than $4 billion for numerous natural resource projects internationally. Mr. Iacono is the former Co-Chairman and Executive Director of Pacific Rubiales. He also currently serves as an Executive Chairman at Gran Colombia Gold Corp, a mid-tier gold producer in Colombia.

Marianella Bernal Parada, Chief Financial Officer

Marianella Bernal has more than 14 years of experience in public and private sectors related to investment, strategic and financial planning. She served as Private Advisor to the Minister of Information & Communication Technologies of Colombia and as a Chief of its Strategic Planning Office between 2015 and 2018. Other positions Marianella had previously held include Chief of Strategic Planning Office of Cormagdalena (between 2013 and 2015), Commercial Advisor at Hem Securities Stockbroker and Corporate Account Manager at Bancolombia.

Vincenzo Paglione, Vice President Planning

Vincenzo Paglione is a Petroleum Engineer with 45 years of experience in the World Hydrocarbons Industry, occupying technical, managerial and executive positions worldwide. President of Intevep (R&D for PDVSA), President of Codicit, Vice President and member of the PDVSA Board, Member of the Board of Nynas in Sweden and Roehr Oel in Germany, Coordinator of Citgo Board in the US, Advisor to ENI Board, member of the team for Shell’s Growth Plan strategy in Qatar, Management of Shell’s relationships with Eni and Repsol, Deputy Chairman of Shell Italia E&P, External Director and Member of the Board of Anzon Energy in Australia, Several positions in the World Energy Council (WEC), Atlantic Council and DOE in the US, President of the Venezuelan-Japanese Chamber.

Additional Board Members

Frank Giustra, Director

Mr. Giustra is President and CEO of the Fiore Group, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments and companies. Mr. Giustra has an established track record of building natural resource companies through access to capital and creative deal-making. As President and later Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities in the 1990s, he grew the firm into a leading natural resource investment bank. As Chairman of Endeavour Financial from 2001 to 2007, his vision and leadership led to the successful launch of numerous resource companies, including Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. (acquired by Goldcorp Inc.), Silver Wheaton Corporation, Endeavour Mining Corporation and Leagold Mining Corporation, which recently merged with Equinox Gold.

Mr. Giustra’s entrepreneurial success includes founding Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world’s largest independent film companies. Today, Mr. Giustra is a major shareholder of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, a company focused on content and distribution in the television and film sector.

Frank Giustra is a strong believer in philanthropy and devotes much of his time to a variety of causes both locally and globally. Mr. Giustra brings an entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to catalyze new ideas and innovations that can be scaled and shared. The Giustra Foundation is actively involved in the global refugee crisis by providing humanitarian aid, along with being the founding partner in the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative. In 2007, he co-founded Acceso, a social business builder that brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty. Acceso manages agribusinesses in Colombia, El Salvador, and Haiti. In 2020, Mr. Giustra become co-chair of the International Crisis Group, a widely recognized independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice to policymakers on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.

Gordon Keep, Director

Gordon Keep has extensive business experience in investment banking and creating public natural resource companies.  Mr. Keep currently is CEO of Fiore Management & Advisory Corp., a private financial advisory firm.  He also serves as an officer and/or director for several natural resource companies.  From January 2001 to July 2007, Mr. Keep was Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Endeavour Financial Corporation, September 1997 until March 2004, he was Senior Vice President and a director of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., and from April 1987 until October 1997, he was Vice President, Corporate Finance in the Natural Resource group of Yorkton Securities Inc.  He obtained his B.Sc. in Geological Science from Queen’s University in 1979 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia in 1983 and is a Professional Geologist in the province of British Columbia.

Federico Restrepo-Solano, Director

Federico Restrepo-Solano is a Colombian business executive with more than 27 years of experience in the mining, oil and infrastructure industries. Currently he is a Partner and Corporate Director of Qvartz Capital Partners, a strategic advisory firm, and has served as Senior Vice-President of Corporate Affairs with Frontera Energy and its predecessor, Pacific Exploration and Production, President of Promotora del Puerto Integrado-Propuerto S.A., President of the National Federation of Coal Producers (Fenalcarbón), Corporate Affairs Manager for Coalcorp Mining Inc., and Special Advisor on Environmental and Port Affairs for the City of Santa Marta. Mr. Restrepo holds a degree in Social Communications Sciences from Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, and a Diploma in Corporate Finance from Universidad del Rosario.

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